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Flat Objects, Flying Cams, and Photogrammetry: The V4Design Pipeline

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Still from a vertical tracking shot of Poppelsdorfer Schloss in Bonn – or just the kind of footage we need for our 3D design pipeline

“What kind of video footage can we best rehash for digital 3D reconstruction?” – that’s one of the main questions we’ve been exploring in the V4Design project. Our aim is to train innovative photogrammetry algorithms, i.e.: to automatically turn multi-perspective 2D video shots of an object (e.g. an iconic building) into a decent 3D version of that thing. Over the course of the project, we’ve evaluated all kinds of archived footage. Initial results were disappointing, but once we started looking for material in the right place, we actually discovered a very promising approach.

Date

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

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KID: Fighting mis-/disinformation and fostering media literacy with the help of AI and digital tools

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The “tourist guy” pic, allegedly taken on top of the World Trade Center in NYC just seconds before the 9/11 attacks, is a classic example of a sensational, fabricated image circulated to millions of internet users, then via email.

Misleading news, doctored visuals, disguised propaganda: The spread of digital mis- and disinformation has become a major problem over the last years, and it looks like the Corona pandemic has led to yet another peak. What better time to start a new verification project: KID, kicked-off in April 2020, will help counter the “infodemic” by fostering media and information literacy (MIL) and exploring artificial intelligence (AI) tools to improve verification processes.

Date

Monday, May 11th, 2020

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Artificial intelligence, human bias

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Quite often, errors in AI systems that lead to discriminiation can be traced back to human shortcomings. It’s a complex problem, and addressing it is imperative. That’s all the more true when you’re working for public institutions dedicated to fairness and civility.

Date

Monday, March 16th, 2020

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Meet us @ Revision Summit

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When: November 19h and 20th

Where: Berlin

What is it? Revision Summit is a place “where future technologies meet social change”. Policy makers, entrepreneurs, investors, and activists will discuss game changers like blockchain or artificial intelligence (AI) and try to answer the following question:

“How do we reach a more human-centric and purpose driven society in the digital age?”

Date

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

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Meet us @ Summa User Day and Language Technology Hands-on Days in Bonn

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Interested in AI-driven human language technology (HLT) and looking for a chance to test the latest state-of-the-art tools? Come visit us in Bonn in week #47!

Date

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

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Meet us @ language technology (and AI) events in Berlin and Geneva

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AI-driven human language technology (HLT) is getting a lot of attention these days. And since we’re involved in several projects dealing with topics like automatic speech recognition (ASR), neural machine translation (NMT), or summarization, it means we’re frequently asked to share insights and do networking at HLT events. This week, we’re actually headed to three workshops in two cities:

Date

Monday, November 5th, 2018

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Sixth Sense Retrieval: A Sneak Peak at the Finished Prototype

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The Sixth Sense Retrieval user interface

Earlier this year, we introduced you to Sixth Sense Retrieval, a DNI prototype project dedicated to analyzing and indexing vast amounts of video content in order to unlock media archives. In the meantime, 6SR has been completed, and everybody at MindFlux and DW is quite happy with the results. Within the project scope, we could implement all envisioned features, which can now serve as a basis for a future, more sophisticated tool. Here’s a quick look at what the platform looks like after 6 months of development and testing.

Date

Monday, October 8th, 2018

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Sixth Sense Retrieval – Making Sense of News Video Archives in Seconds

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Web video content is in high demand these days. As a consequence, most news organizations and media companies have built impressive archives. One big challenge remains, though: It’s often hard to find the video content you’re looking for. Using the latest in artificial intelligence (AI) technology, Sixth Sense Retrieval offers a solution here.

Date

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

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Project news.bridge is good to go

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Making audiovisual/broadcasting content available in virtually any language – this is the goal of news.bridge, yet another human language technology (HLT) undertaking of ours that was kicked off in late January.

Date

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

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Meet us at the STOA Annual Lecture: Media In The Age Of Artificial Intelligence

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When: November 21st

Where: Brussels, Belgium, European Parliament

What is it?

The STOA Annual Lecture is an event organised by the European Parliament Panel for Scientific and Technological Option Assessment – STOA for short. STOA’s core mission is “to understand the impact of new and emerging technologies and how to best support technological innovation”.

Date

Friday, November 17th, 2017

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